Alva Day captioned this image "DuBois" but I suspect some of you know this lake by another name. Today's mystery is to fill in that name. There's a bit of local history to both names, which you can also share.
Tags: 1930s Alva_Day Mystery_Monday
Are DuBois and Rowland Lake one and the same? I found this link in a Google search:
Jim on 7th May 2012 @ 7:48am
It is over on the other side of the Columbia up a little ways east of Bingin where they did a fill in....Man made type lake, I think it is near that Catherine Creek trailhead.I think there is a big bluff or rock wall called Rowland and that is why it is Rowland Lake.................
Charlott on 7th May 2012 @ 8:02am
In the photo you see the road, which you can still see today, though present6 SR-14 goes on the part that was filled in, initially for the railroad.
Charlott on 7th May 2012 @ 8:04am
Now I see the bluff/rock that gave it it's name........
Charlott on 7th May 2012 @ 8:05am
Jim is correct, this is now known as Rowland Lake, on SR 14 between Bingen and Lyle. But there's still some history on Mr. DuBois and Mr. Rowland for you to fill in, for you Klickitat County history buffs.
Arthur on 7th May 2012 @ 9:14am
Well, of all mornings for me to be gone.
That is definitely Old Highway 8 making its way around Rowland/Dubois/Debois Lake.
Which I think became a lake when the railroad put in a fill through there.
I also think it was originally Rowland Lake changed to Dubois Lake and then back to Rowland. But, I 'm not positive about that.
I will have to do some reading.
l.e. on 7th May 2012 @ 12:08pm
There is some good history about the gorge area by Ira Rowland at this link. http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~westklic/pdays.html
Which maybe confirms that the lake was first called Rowland Lake. Residents of the area my age, (60's) say they only knew the lake as Dubois.
Gertrude DeBois, who taught in the area for years, passed away in 1950 and is buried in Lyle as is her husband Irving who passed away in 1973.
There is something about Irving DeBois having a fish farm and BPA condemning it.
Do you know something about that Arthur?
l.e. on 7th May 2012 @ 3:11pm
I forgot to add....
Keith McCoy's book, "Mt Adams Country, forgotten corner of the Columbia River Gorge", says there is a maze of pits and hand-laid rock fences above Rowland Lake. Similar formations were discovered across the Columbia near Rowena. Archeologists have come to no agreement on the origin and local Indians seem to know nothing as it predated their culture.
l.e. on 7th May 2012 @ 3:37pm
You get above The Dalles on the Washington side of the river you see lots of old rock fences there in the vacinity of Horse Thief Lake. When I was a child there was a old fallen down rock house, no longer there. Wish I knew the history behind that one.
Charlott on 7th May 2012 @ 5:44pm
Charlotte, do you mean the rockland jail? that was the story I'd been told. it was there a few years ago...
spinsur on 8th May 2012 @ 6:18am
You know, I don't think it was because it was quite a ways up the river from Rockland/Dallesport. The next time I go to Maryhill/Columbus, which will be before Memorial Day I will try and see if I can find where it was and how many miles up the river it was.
Charlott on 8th May 2012 @ 7:06am
The old jain house is still there, up on the hill adjacent to SR 14, on the north side just before you get to Horse Thief Lake State Park entrance.
Also, if you dive Rowland Lake you will find the old barn still there as well as various fences.
Anita Gahimer Crow on 22nd May 2012 @ 4:43pm
From the Mt Adams Sun: Oct. 15, 1937
Lake Is Condemned
Condemnation proceedings will be filed by the United States government against I.H. DeBois which probably will come to court on October 25th.
Mr. DeBois who owns the DeBois lake east of Bingen was notified this week that due to rising waters from Bonneville dam to come on December first, the lake will be condemned.
The water will raise 6 feet to the 67 1-2 fot (foot) level. That is about 4 1-2 feet below the yellow stakes.
The case comes to a Yakima Federal Court.
l.e. on 24th October 2014 @ 12:50pm
I'm looking for information on a DuBois family home just east of Rowland/DuBois Lake. Especially photos. Thanks!
Kathryn M Boula on 27th March 2019 @ 3:45pm